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Investors Buy Protection Against Sharp Pullback at Highest Levels Ever

Investors Buy Protection Against Sharp Pullback at Highest Levels Ever

Stock investors who have suffered the worst month-to-date stock performance in nearly five decades have been bracing for more market upheaval. Over one-third of fund managers surveyed recently by Bank of America Merrill Lynch have taken out protection against a sharp fall in equity markets over the next three months, the highest level in survey history. "Investors are well-hedged but not positioned for a breakdown in trade talks," said Michael Harnett, chief investment strategist at BofAML.